I’m Krishna, an Indian & Spanish mum-of-two, a PhD scientist and a Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher, currently based in Valencia, Spain.
During my first pregnancy, I read the books, learnt the theory and took a 1 day birth preparation course in week 34. I felt like I’d had a smooth pregnancy and therefore the birth would be equally smooth. Full of overconfidence, my partner and I had all the information in our heads, so surely that was enough, right?
By week 42, there was no sign of baby coming, so as per standard medical process, I was induced in hospital. I tried all I could to put the theory I’d learnt into practice. All the hypnobirthing, the yogic postures, the breath…none of it worked. My baby was born 4 days later thanks to an episiotomy and ventose, and I remained physically exhausted, mentally drained, with fever and an infection.
So, when I got pregnant a second time, I completely changed my approach. The second birth was a transformative, beautiful experience.
Some of the things I did differently the second time around were:
- I prioritised practice over theory. Having understood the theory and reading the books, I now focused on the practice. I allowed my body to start learning how to take over, and give my brain the second place, all in preparation for the birth.
- We started practicing earlier. Instead of leaving the birth preparation to week 34, we started at week 20.
The result was a powerful homebirth, where my body took over, knowing what to do instinctively at each point in the labour. The months of practice resulted in my body being able to produce the most powerful painkillers that resulted in me dozing off in between contractions, relieving the pain.
The moment my baby was born, I felt like I travelled across the universe and saw the stars.
It left me feeling invincible. I had a new sense of empowerment, that meant that if I could do this, I could do anything else.
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